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NFL Division 2 - 5 Like(s)

Replying To Furlong1949:  "Why have Meath improved this year. There are few reasons why this happened. Its a gradual process over a few seasons but there are few areas that have come together for Meath this season. I think most are very surprised by Meaths progress this year but the signs were there. In the last two years Meaths very good performances v Tyrone Donegal twice Galway Roscommon and even v Dublin in last few months were evidence Meath were not as crap as people thought. The loses v kildare Cavan Longford Tippearey and Cork in 2017 and 2018 were all well deserved victories for the above. But people only saw those defeats but ignored the 1 point losess to Donegal in 2017 and Tyrone in 2018. So there is a surprise out there with. Meaths progress. For me the main surprise is that so many people are welcoming a Meath return , Meath progess. I never saw that one coming. Of course there is some of our neighbours and old enemies who if we score another point in championship it will a point to much. But overall because of Dublins domiance people wud welcome a stronger Meath. I think people might even miss the old Meath v Dublin battles which in their heyday were the biggest game in football after an All Ireland final. Definatly I feel people wud like to see Meath get stronger. Thats a surprise to me. But why have Meath improved. Here are some reasons. 1 It was always in his third year McEntee would improve the team. It took Boylan Dywer and McGee, the three most sucessful managers in leinster football history outside Heffernan and Galvin , it took them years to turn around their counties. McEntees work with Meath minors and Ballyboden showed he had the CV. It also took McEntee a while to get use to inter county football. A common occurence for many managers. 2 Very good performances v Tyrone Galway Donegal and Roscommon and even Dublins showed good signs. Even the two games v Dublin in recent months were a help. Meath beat Dublin in a challenge game before christmas were Brian Fenton and 4 or 5 first team Dublin players were playing. Yes Dublin had allot of players missing and were not back training. But still dont underestimate that it was good boost for a Meath team to beat Dublin. And even if they lost on penalties to Dublins reserve team in Bynre cup. Just playing any Dublin team in two games in a few weeks and not been beaten in full time in both matchs. These things do help. 2 Meaths performance v Tyrone was important. Most people ignored it. The only person I saw recognising the importance of this performance was Alan Brogan. He said it was one of the games of the season. And Meath cud take an awful lot from the performance. He was right. If Meath had beaten Tyrone I think this cud have been a bad thing. Lets say Meath reached the super 8 last year. Meath were weaker then Roscommon last year. look at what happened to Roscommon in Super 8 last year. If Meath reached super 8 last year they would have had worst defeats then Roscommon and would have ended the season a bit demoralised. Instead Meath had a moral victory v Tyrone. They lost contervesaly and left the fans a bit aggrieved but also proud of the performance. A good way to end the season for a team rebuilding. Instead of getting bad hammerings in the Super 8. Meath took allot from that performance. And when Tyrone reached the All Ireland final afterwards, it made Meaths performance v Tyrone even more credible. 3 Since the Cork league game last year in about 14 or 15 games since longford defeat, Meath have only played one real bad game since. That was v Longford. What has happened,? Two posotional changes have transformed the Meath team. The moving of James McEntee to wing back and moving of Donal keoghan to centre back have been massive for Meath. Why? Half back line has been a problem area for Meath for years. Half back line is most important line in modern football. If u dont have a quality half back line u cannot be sucessful eg Lee Keegan Karl Lacey James Mcarthy etc. James McEntee moving from wing forward to wing back has been a huge sucess. He has given many man of the match performances at wing back and is producing performances I havent seen at wing back for a Meath footballer in ten years at least. The other was Donal keoghan. Donal keoghan has played at corner back wing back centre back in all 6 defence positions for Meath for years. If there was a player on the opposite team who was dangerous, Keoghan marked him. If Meath were struggling in a position, he played in that position. That meant Keoghan basically played corner back for Meath for 5 years. He was outstanding at corner back but it is not his best position. That was as a half back. A top class wing back is more important then top class corner back. U need good corner backs but half backs can really influence the game more. Since the Cork game last year, Keoghan has played every game at centre back. His longest period out the field. Centre back has been a problem area since Enda McManus retired in 2000 for Meath. It is no coincidence that since the Cork game Meath have played well and improved and keoghan has played every game at centre back. For me Donal keoghan is one of the best defenders in the country and could be the best. He wud walk onto any team in the country including Dublin and would walk onto Meaths teams of 80s and 90s. He is Meaths best defender since Darren Fay. And for me his level of performance for Meath is up there with Darren Fay Martin O Connell Robbie O Malley and Mick Lyons. Most people have not seen Keoghan as Meath have not been on telly much only when he was corner back when Meath were defeated by Dublin in 2014 and Westmeath in 2015. For me , Keoghan is up there with kieth Higgins and James Mcarthys , he reminds me of Meath Karl lacey. Meath have a top class centre back for the first time since Liam Harnan. That has been massive for Meath. 4 The main area ofs Meaths improvement was our defence. This is best Meath defence in ten years at least. Meath have 4 top class defenders. They are Donal keoghan Conor McGill Seamus Lavin and Shane Gallagher. Seamus lavin has emerged as quality corner back, the best we have had since Niall McKeigue retired 10 years ago. Conor McGill is one of the best full backs in the country. And Gallagher has been best man marker in Meath club football for years and has adapted to inter game very well. While young Ronan Ryan has been one of our finds of the season. He is tenacious Summerhill defender carrying on Mick Lyons and Mark Reilly Summerhill defending tradition. Mcoy has also been good. Niall kane and James McEntee means Meath have two quality effective wing backs. Its a pity kane will be out for months after picking up an injury v kildare. But overall this is Meaths best defence in at least ten years. Meath have a division 1 defence. 5 Meath have a group of players who are now peaking. Many of them r off the 2012 minor All Ireland finalist team eg Cillian Sullivan James and Shane McEntee Adam.Flanagan Seamus Lavin Padraig Harnan were all.on that team. While players like Donal Keoghan Brian Menton Conor McGill are also peaking. Player start to peak at 25 and reach peak at 27 28. These group of players have now years of strenght and conditioning and now are peaking and better equipped for inter county football. 6 Meaths tackling has improved in defence but also in attack. In the past few years Meath players would lose the ball in the tackle, we had a small team in stature. Who wud lose the ball in contact. Now after a few years strenght and conditioning ,these players are now stronger in the tackle. While younger players coming thru are the first generation of Meath players who have had strenght and conditioning training at underage. These new young players are bigger and more Atletic then underage players we have produced in a while. 7 Another reason for Meaths progress has been these new young players. Meath have a young team the average age is 23 24. But for the first time since 2012 when Padraig Harnan Alan Forde Damien Carroll Conor Gillespie in 2012 made a straightaway impact. For first time in years Meath have under 21 players making an impact straightaway. Players like Daragh Campion Ethan Devine Ronan Ryan and James Conlon all under 21 players all have made an impact . The good news is I can see 3 or 4 new young players next year and the year after making impact as Meaths best underage talent since 90s start coming through. 8 Andy McEntee in his first year or two was probably trying to do everything. Coaching and managing. This year he has brought in Nally as coach and this has worked real well. Andy McEntee is doing more one on one man mangement with the players this year. McEntees is good at man management. He can be blunt but he is a good motivator. Players like Michael Dara Macauley and Colm Keaney Dublin players who have been managed by Pat Gilroy Anthony Daly and Jim Galvin said McEntee was best manager they played under. McEntee managing the players this year is working. 8 The introduction of Nally as a coach has been very important. Coachs importance has grown massively recently. Paul Grimley Peter Lally Donie Buckley Cian O Neill Jason Sherlock have all showed how important a quality coach is. Jim Galvin or Mickey Harte dont do the coaching . They manage the team. The role of modern coach has improved recently. Look at Clare and Limerick All Ireland hurling win. Paul McKinnerk was the coach on both teams. He is possibly most important figure in hurling in this decade. Nally is one best coachs in leinster. He gives seminars and writes coaching manuals. The Meath players are very very happy with him. I wud recommended every Meath person to check out Colm Nally appearance on off the ball football show recently. U cud listen to this guy talk about football all day long. He really impressed me in this show. Nally joining the Meath management team is a turning point. Meath have failed to adapt to modern tactics in football. How do you get the Meath players to play tactically aware football with their old school passion. For me this is the first time I have seen Meath play tactics in a modern way sucessfully with old school passion. The management team of McEntee and Nally has had a massive role. McEntees passion combined with Nallys tactical nuance has really worked. I have been so impressed as Nally , he is a Dub. Which I would never agree with having a Dub on any Meath management team. But to give Dubs their credit they always produce good managers coachs eg Paul Cafffry Pat Gilroy Jim Galvin Mickey Whelan and Jason Sherlock. Nally has been so good that when McEntee leaves and hopefully that is a couple of seasons. Nally for me would be a genuine and only candidate as a future Meath manager at the moment eeing the serious lack of young Meath managers out there. (Hopefully someone like Kevin Reilly at Navan O Mahoneys who is doing really well there at the moment can be sucessful at Mahonys. We need new sucessful talented managers to come thru. Hopefully Kevin Reilly is one. ) So there r 8 reasons why Meath have improved this year. Meath are still not the finished article and still wil have ups and downs. But they are going in right direction. They have young team with strong defence and strong management and new talent thru. A promotion for Meath to div 1 for the first time in 13 years wud be a masive boost for Meath. And I think Meath wud adapt better to divsion 1 football then people think. Galway adapted well. Galway feel like they belong in divsion 1 and have no inferior complex. Meath would also have same mindset as Galway and and wud have no inferior complex. If Meath cud get 4 games in Navan as Meath have a great record in Navan that would be massive for Meath. Hopefully we dont mess up next week. Meath football is turning the corner. And this can only be good for football. Leinster needs a strong Meath and kildare. Hopefully we see a Meath v kildare league final. 3 leinster teams in division wud be great for leinster football."
Please keep your answers short, I'm probably one of many who never read it because of the length of it

PyatPree (National) - 18/03/2019 21:50:28

Dublin V Tyrone - 4 Like(s)

Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "You make some great points there Llaw like you say teams are usually beat before they hit the pitch to play the dubs and when you look at the way Tyrone and Donegal and Roscommon approached the super 8 games against them last year the plan was to keep the score down and shoot out between eachother for the second spot, and that was understandable for last year but this year maybe team will take a bit of belief from Tyrone Kerry and Monaghan's victories over them and attack them. Mikey Sheehy said when we were going for the 5 that they had done all the same preparation but that they all just felt flat ? Maybe just a lack of hunger or whatever. Can you imagine the team that could stop the 5 would probably end up more famous than the team that did the 4"
You mean like Offaly.

AthCliath (National) - 18/03/2019 21:21:11

How Long More ... - 4 Like(s)

Replying To MesAmis:  "Why can't they make a drink with no hangover , is it not possible? clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts: 9465 - 18/03/2019 11:46:57 2173358 A new craft beer on the market that promises zero hangover. It's called Uisce."
P'Uisce.

GreenandRed (National) - 18/03/2019 12:55:48

NFL Division 2 - 3 Like(s)
Kildare making progress??? Are you serious? Maybe have have a look at our results this year and compare them to the last time we were in div 2 before posting utter nonsense.. We are missing Paul Cribben only, all the others have left the panel, in D. Flynn case probably for good. And yet another hammering from dubs in a championship fixed for them to win should see another 1 or 2 lose interest and leave.. Meath deserve their chance but its an inevitable conclusion that your young lads will get fed up and leave to have a life when they realise how futile competing in Leinster or All Ireland is.. Thats why i hope if not Kildare then meath win the Div 2 title because its the only comp we can win that is not fixed for Dublin to win.. At least not yet, although God knows Gaa HQ will probably find a way..

cuttothebone (National) - 18/03/2019 19:53:21

Dublin V Tyrone - 3 Like(s)
Best wishes to Paddy Andrews, reminded me of Kennellys hit in 2009. Straight red and it was nasty no other words for it.

westkerry (National) - 18/03/2019 20:07:53

Dublin V Tyrone - 3 Like(s)

Replying To The_Fridge:  "No it wasn't."
Dont defend the indefensible. If you ever played the game you know right well that morgan could have pulled out of that challenge.

westkerry (National) - 18/03/2019 21:18:25

Dublin V Tyrone - 3 Like(s)
Horrible and scary news about what happened in Cookstown last night, thoughts are with the families affected and the communities in Tyrone. R.I.P.

TheUsername (National) - 18/03/2019 11:51:31

Dublin V Tyrone - 2 Like(s)

Replying To TheUsername:  "I was actually very close to it, looked a fair shoulder to me at the time. Looks worse in the replay on TV and I have second thoughts about it. Apparently Paddy was taken to hospital. Hopefully Morgan didn't intentionally try and do him."
Broken jaw apparently not a fair shoulder as he hit his chin, maybe an attempt at a fair shoulder.

arock (National) - 18/03/2019 18:28:01

Dublin V Tyrone - 2 Like(s)

Replying To Llaw_Gyffes:  "I wonder if Dublins form in the League will give the teams in the chasing pack a little more cause for optimism over the coming weeks. I know the Dubs are focussing on the five in a row but the fact that they have lost three games in the League makes them seem almost human. Over the last few years they have been so good, in both League and Championship, that most teams had already lost, in their heads, before they even took to the field against them. Now some teams will be thinking "maybe they are not as good as they were and if we raise our game ten or fifteen percent and catch them on a bad day..... Maybe that's what Gavin wants teams to think and it's all part of his dastardly plan for world domination. Tyrone are starting to look good again, as you say, and it wouldn't surprise me if they went on and won the League. Galway aren't too far away either and will have a big say come Summer. I think this year could be a year too soon for Kerry but as usual they will be there or thereabouts. Dublin are still the team to beat and it will be a shock if they don't win the five in a row but maybe, just maybe, there's a Seamus Darby out there in the long grass. The rest of us live in hope."
You make some great points there Llaw like you say teams are usually beat before they hit the pitch to play the dubs and when you look at the way Tyrone and Donegal and Roscommon approached the super 8 games against them last year the plan was to keep the score down and shoot out between eachother for the second spot, and that was understandable for last year but this year maybe team will take a bit of belief from Tyrone Kerry and Monaghan's victories over them and attack them. Mikey Sheehy said when we were going for the 5 that they had done all the same preparation but that they all just felt flat ? Maybe just a lack of hunger or whatever. Can you imagine the team that could stop the 5 would probably end up more famous than the team that did the 4

KingdomBoy1 (National) - 18/03/2019 10:08:38

Dublin V Tyrone - 2 Like(s)

Replying To Jackeen:  "The news from Cookstown is terrifying. I hope none of you lads have children affected. Truly desperate news. RIP."
Shocking. Really puts things in perspective. Such sad news.

The_Fridge (National) - 18/03/2019 10:46:51

Corofin V Dr Crokes - 2 Like(s)
The only chance you have of beating Corofin is in November/December on a tight county pitch in horrible conditions once they get to Croker it's Harlem Globetrotters stuff they are unbelievable can't get over that display Crokes are a savage team but Corofin on another level. Liam Silke is going to be a big player for Galway this summer he's a class act he was missed last summer

clondalkindub (National) - 18/03/2019 10:57:13

NFL Division 2 - 2 Like(s)

Replying To Donegalman:  "I would have said the same thing a week ago or more, but I have read a lot of posts by Kildare supporters and they seem to be very down on the performances of their team this season so far. I think that will be a huge factor in the last game away to us. I know that we haven't exactly set the world alight either in division 2, in fact we have been very poor indeed - before the Cork game I thought that it would be a season changing game for us for better or worse. It so happens that it worked out for better. I believe that we have a bit of belief now plus a home fixture. Dangerous talk indeed, but I really can't see Kildare upping their game enough in a week to beat us in Ballyshannon. Ps, congrats to Meath on their very likely promotion. They deserve it and should have beaten us in ballybofey 6 weeks ago. It could be a very interesting season for them if they continue their development through the spring and beyond."
I was a very disappointed man leaving Donegal the night you beat us but fair play to Donegal supporters that night a good few came over and were very nice about it , and it's good thing to see in sport

meath1977 (National) - 18/03/2019 11:09:05

How Long More ... - 2 Like(s)

Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Ya like how long more will this hangover go on for :-("
I'm the same I'm in a world of pain right now think Its a basin job soon , it's not worth it I'm never drinking again. Why can't they make a drink with no hangover , is it not possible?

clondalkindub (National) - 18/03/2019 11:46:57

Corofin V Dr Crokes - 2 Like(s)

Replying To Belclare:  "Kevin o Brien.. In the running? Possibly, Will he ever get it? No."
Because of county board politics and/or because he's not a sheep? Some county boards don't seem to like Corofin coaches, past or present who aren't sheep.

GreenandRed (National) - 18/03/2019 12:06:57

NFL Division 2 - 2 Like(s)
Without tempting faith congrats to Meath and their supporters here esp the ever enthusiastic rd on gaining promotion. Very much all to play for in Ballyshannon next weekend. Donegal were lucky enough to win their last year despite dominating the game for large periods. Kildare were unlucky to have a man sent off and a goal chalked off. They could and should have scored 1 or 2 more so Donegal will need to be tighter at the back this weekend.

panamasam (National) - 18/03/2019 12:09:16

How Long More ... - 2 Like(s)
Why can't they make a drink with no hangover , is it not possible? clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts: 9465 - 18/03/2019 11:46:57 2173358 A new craft beer on the market that promises zero hangover. It's called Uisce.

MesAmis (National) - 18/03/2019 12:50:24

How Long More ... - 2 Like(s)
I think we could be happy with 5 in a row, i cant be certain of that though. ;)

TheUsername (National) - 18/03/2019 12:55:07

How Long More ... - 1 Like(s)
Beat cure for a hangover is 2/3 cold cans of cider...great job.

yew_tree (National) - 18/03/2019 17:16:38

NFL Division 2 - 1 Like(s)
Why have Meath improved this year. There are few reasons why this happened. Its a gradual process over a few seasons but there are few areas that have come together for Meath this season. I think most are very surprised by Meaths progress this year but the signs were there. In the last two years Meaths very good performances v Tyrone Donegal twice Galway Roscommon and even v Dublin in last few months were evidence Meath were not as crap as people thought. The loses v kildare Cavan Longford Tippearey and Cork in 2017 and 2018 were all well deserved victories for the above. But people only saw those defeats but ignored the 1 point losess to Donegal in 2017 and Tyrone in 2018. So there is a surprise out there with. Meaths progress. For me the main surprise is that so many people are welcoming a Meath return , Meath progess. I never saw that one coming. Of course there is some of our neighbours and old enemies who if we score another point in championship it will a point to much. But overall because of Dublins domiance people wud welcome a stronger Meath. I think people might even miss the old Meath v Dublin battles which in their heyday were the biggest game in football after an All Ireland final. Definatly I feel people wud like to see Meath get stronger. Thats a surprise to me. But why have Meath improved. Here are some reasons. 1 It was always in his third year McEntee would improve the team. It took Boylan Dywer and McGee, the three most sucessful managers in leinster football history outside Heffernan and Galvin , it took them years to turn around their counties. McEntees work with Meath minors and Ballyboden showed he had the CV. It also took McEntee a while to get use to inter county football. A common occurence for many managers. 2 Very good performances v Tyrone Galway Donegal and Roscommon and even Dublins showed good signs. Even the two games v Dublin in recent months were a help. Meath beat Dublin in a challenge game before christmas were Brian Fenton and 4 or 5 first team Dublin players were playing. Yes Dublin had allot of players missing and were not back training. But still dont underestimate that it was good boost for a Meath team to beat Dublin. And even if they lost on penalties to Dublins reserve team in Bynre cup. Just playing any Dublin team in two games in a few weeks and not been beaten in full time in both matchs. These things do help. 2 Meaths performance v Tyrone was important. Most people ignored it. The only person I saw recognising the importance of this performance was Alan Brogan. He said it was one of the games of the season. And Meath cud take an awful lot from the performance. He was right. If Meath had beaten Tyrone I think this cud have been a bad thing. Lets say Meath reached the super 8 last year. Meath were weaker then Roscommon last year. look at what happened to Roscommon in Super 8 last year. If Meath reached super 8 last year they would have had worst defeats then Roscommon and would have ended the season a bit demoralised. Instead Meath had a moral victory v Tyrone. They lost contervesaly and left the fans a bit aggrieved but also proud of the performance. A good way to end the season for a team rebuilding. Instead of getting bad hammerings in the Super 8. Meath took allot from that performance. And when Tyrone reached the All Ireland final afterwards, it made Meaths performance v Tyrone even more credible. 3 Since the Cork league game last year in about 14 or 15 games since longford defeat, Meath have only played one real bad game since. That was v Longford. What has happened,? Two posotional changes have transformed the Meath team. The moving of James McEntee to wing back and moving of Donal keoghan to centre back have been massive for Meath. Why? Half back line has been a problem area for Meath for years. Half back line is most important line in modern football. If u dont have a quality half back line u cannot be sucessful eg Lee Keegan Karl Lacey James Mcarthy etc. James McEntee moving from wing forward to wing back has been a huge sucess. He has given many man of the match performances at wing back and is producing performances I havent seen at wing back for a Meath footballer in ten years at least. The other was Donal keoghan. Donal keoghan has played at corner back wing back centre back in all 6 defence positions for Meath for years. If there was a player on the opposite team who was dangerous, Keoghan marked him. If Meath were struggling in a position, he played in that position. That meant Keoghan basically played corner back for Meath for 5 years. He was outstanding at corner back but it is not his best position. That was as a half back. A top class wing back is more important then top class corner back. U need good corner backs but half backs can really influence the game more. Since the Cork game last year, Keoghan has played every game at centre back. His longest period out the field. Centre back has been a problem area since Enda McManus retired in 2000 for Meath. It is no coincidence that since the Cork game Meath have played well and improved and keoghan has played every game at centre back. For me Donal keoghan is one of the best defenders in the country and could be the best. He wud walk onto any team in the country including Dublin and would walk onto Meaths teams of 80s and 90s. He is Meaths best defender since Darren Fay. And for me his level of performance for Meath is up there with Darren Fay Martin O Connell Robbie O Malley and Mick Lyons. Most people have not seen Keoghan as Meath have not been on telly much only when he was corner back when Meath were defeated by Dublin in 2014 and Westmeath in 2015. For me , Keoghan is up there with kieth Higgins and James Mcarthys , he reminds me of Meath Karl lacey. Meath have a top class centre back for the first time since Liam Harnan. That has been massive for Meath. 4 The main area ofs Meaths improvement was our defence. This is best Meath defence in ten years at least. Meath have 4 top class defenders. They are Donal keoghan Conor McGill Seamus Lavin and Shane Gallagher. Seamus lavin has emerged as quality corner back, the best we have had since Niall McKeigue retired 10 years ago. Conor McGill is one of the best full backs in the country. And Gallagher has been best man marker in Meath club football for years and has adapted to inter game very well. While young Ronan Ryan has been one of our finds of the season. He is tenacious Summerhill defender carrying on Mick Lyons and Mark Reilly Summerhill defending tradition. Mcoy has also been good. Niall kane and James McEntee means Meath have two quality effective wing backs. Its a pity kane will be out for months after picking up an injury v kildare. But overall this is Meaths best defence in at least ten years. Meath have a division 1 defence. 5 Meath have a group of players who are now peaking. Many of them r off the 2012 minor All Ireland finalist team eg Cillian Sullivan James and Shane McEntee Adam.Flanagan Seamus Lavin Padraig Harnan were all.on that team. While players like Donal Keoghan Brian Menton Conor McGill are also peaking. Player start to peak at 25 and reach peak at 27 28. These group of players have now years of strenght and conditioning and now are peaking and better equipped for inter county football. 6 Meaths tackling has improved in defence but also in attack. In the past few years Meath players would lose the ball in the tackle, we had a small team in stature. Who wud lose the ball in contact. Now after a few years strenght and conditioning ,these players are now stronger in the tackle. While younger players coming thru are the first generation of Meath players who have had strenght and conditioning training at underage. These new young players are bigger and more Atletic then underage players we have produced in a while. 7 Another reason for Meaths progress has been these new young players. Meath have a young team the average age is 23 24. But for the first time since 2012 when Padraig Harnan Alan Forde Damien Carroll Conor Gillespie in 2012 made a straightaway impact. For first time in years Meath have under 21 players making an impact straightaway. Players like Daragh Campion Ethan Devine Ronan Ryan and James Conlon all under 21 players all have made an impact . The good news is I can see 3 or 4 new young players next year and the year after making impact as Meaths best underage talent since 90s start coming through. 8 Andy McEntee in his first year or two was probably trying to do everything. Coaching and managing. This year he has brought in Nally as coach and this has worked real well. Andy McEntee is doing more one on one man mangement with the players this year. McEntees is good at man management. He can be blunt but he is a good motivator. Players like Michael Dara Macauley and Colm Keaney Dublin players who have been managed by Pat Gilroy Anthony Daly and Jim Galvin said McEntee was best manager they played under. McEntee managing the players this year is working. 8 The introduction of Nally as a coach has been very important. Coachs importance has grown massively recently. Paul Grimley Peter Lally Donie Buckley Cian O Neill Jason Sherlock have all showed how important a quality coach is. Jim Galvin or Mickey Harte dont do the coaching . They manage the team. The role of modern coach has improved recently. Look at Clare and Limerick All Ireland hurling win. Paul McKinnerk was the coach on both teams. He is possibly most important figure in hurling in this decade. Nally is one best coachs in leinster. He gives seminars and writes coaching manuals. The Meath players are very very happy with him. I wud recommended every Meath person to check out Colm Nally appearance on off the ball football show recently. U cud listen to this guy talk about football all day long. He really impressed me in this show. Nally joining the Meath management team is a turning point. Meath have failed to adapt to modern tactics in football. How do you get the Meath players to play tactically aware football with their old school passion. For me this is the first time I have seen Meath play tactics in a modern way sucessfully with old school passion. The management team of McEntee and Nally has had a massive role. McEntees passion combined with Nallys tactical nuance has really worked. I have been so impressed as Nally , he is a Dub. Which I would never agree with having a Dub on any Meath management team. But to give Dubs their credit they always produce good managers coachs eg Paul Cafffry Pat Gilroy Jim Galvin Mickey Whelan and Jason Sherlock. Nally has been so good that when McEntee leaves and hopefully that is a couple of seasons. Nally for me would be a genuine and only candidate as a future Meath manager at the moment eeing the serious lack of young Meath managers out there. (Hopefully someone like Kevin Reilly at Navan O Mahoneys who is doing really well there at the moment can be sucessful at Mahonys. We need new sucessful talented managers to come thru. Hopefully Kevin Reilly is one. ) So there r 8 reasons why Meath have improved this year. Meath are still not the finished article and still wil have ups and downs. But they are going in right direction. They have young team with strong defence and strong management and new talent thru. A promotion for Meath to div 1 for the first time in 13 years wud be a masive boost for Meath. And I think Meath wud adapt better to divsion 1 football then people think. Galway adapted well. Galway feel like they belong in divsion 1 and have no inferior complex. Meath would also have same mindset as Galway and and wud have no inferior complex. If Meath cud get 4 games in Navan as Meath have a great record in Navan that would be massive for Meath. Hopefully we dont mess up next week. Meath football is turning the corner. And this can only be good for football. Leinster needs a strong Meath and kildare. Hopefully we see a Meath v kildare league final. 3 leinster teams in division wud be great for leinster football.

Furlong1949 (National) - 18/03/2019 18:02:20

Corofin V Dr Crokes - 1 Like(s)

Replying To kiloughter:  "Interesting point. Some local conversation previously pointed to Rochford being a runner for Galway at some point in the future. I note in an interview with him on the indo on Sat when he left Mayo managing another Connacht county was not an option."
Besides Stephen Rochford our own county board is a law unto themselves. Kevin McStay ignored for a prearranged appointment. Mickey Moran pushed aside after getting us to the final in his only year in charge. I wonder did they even consider a Rochford and Horan coaching team for 2019? They seem as regressive as coaches and players are progressive.

GreenandRed (National) - 18/03/2019 18:03:20